Role and functions

Te Puni Kōkiri is government’s principal policy advisor on Māori wellbeing and development.

Our vision is thriving whānau - When whānau are thriving, so do their communities, hapū, iwi and all of Aotearoa.

Our core roles are:

  • Empowering whānau to succeed in their goals and aspirations.
  • Providing a strategic voice on Māori wellbeing in government decision-making.
  • Investing in innovation and capability at an iwi, hapū and whānau level.
  • Monitoring and challenging other agencies to deliver better results for Māori.

Our Mahi

The Government has prioritised wellbeing outcomes for all New Zealanders, including a stronger focus on lifting wellbeing outcomes for Māori, and increasing the state sector’s responsiveness to Māori. Te Puni Kōkiri contributes to this by:

  • Leading policy advice to government on strategic issues affecting Māori wellbeing and development.
  • Monitoring outcomes for Māori, and evaluating our effectiveness and the effectiveness of other agencies for Māori.
  • Advising on and managing investments in innovative programmes, services, and capability for whānau.
  • Influencing and supporting public sector agencies and other organisations to focus on what will make the biggest difference, based on evidence.
  • Sustaining local relationships with iwi, hapū and whānau, to inform policy and service design, and connecting Māori with government agencies.
Thriving whānau - when whānau are thriving, so do their communities, hapū, iwi and all of Aotearoa

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